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Thursday Thirteen: 13 most exhausting things for me today


I had a really exhausting day today, so as a result, I have decided to post my Thursday thirteen about the 13 most tiring things that happened to me today.
Starting… now!

13.  The line-up at Tim Horton’s drive through this morning was insane.  There were over 20 cars in line and although I normally jump into the store instead of lining up, it was pouring rain and I was listening to the FAN590 piece on Zdeno Chara trying to kill Max Pacioretty.  Cars were backing up and turning around to leave, which I contemplated until I was able to see the hold up.  Some pick-up tuck was ordering enough coffee for the boys. I saw 2 boxes of coffees and food being passed to the truck. Why the servers didn’t ask the truck to sit aside so they could put together the order and still serve others, I do not know.

12. Today was the last day of one of my employees, who had been with my company for 10 years.  I totally get her desire for change as I left my job after 10 years there. I got up one Thursday, booked off the rest of the afternoon, headed home, booked off the Friday, was on vacation the following week and never went back. 

11.  While standing in line holding a half-slab cake (a very heavy half-slab cake) at the self check out, the woman in front of me was paying for her $13.00 of groceries in dimes.  She would put in 3 or 4 dimes, check the balance on the machine, then reach back into her giant bag of time wasting to pull out 3 or 4 more. What frosted my ass, was that she would periodically stop her complete disregard for the rest of the shoppers in line and pull the rejected coins out of the return tray to feed them back in to the top… over and over again… the same friggin coins… over and over again… After what seemed like 15 minutes, I was on the verge of a breakdown when a different cash came open and I was sent there by a store employee who thought I was going to lose it.

10.  I’m tired, therefore I had no patience today for complainers or people who take food that does not belong to them.

9.  Standing in line at Tim Horton’s for an afternoon coffee behind a guy who was standing practically on top of me. I could feel his breath on the back of my neck. Gross.

8.  When I arrived at home in the evening, I realized we were out of milk and went to get some, in the rain, stepping in the biggest puddle in all of Toronto that resembled a lake, soaking my pants, socks and shoes. I almost caught a fish in there too…

7.  Speaking of headaches – The US government is taking over three Tylenol plants following a blizzard of drug recalls and a Food and Drug Administration criminal investigation into safety issues at the factories… I could use some tylenol.

6.  I REALLY need to drink until I cannot remember my name. Problem is I don’t drink and I have household and office responsibilities which will keep me up until 2am at the earliest.

5.  For YEARS, I wanted to go into politics, but never had the balls to actually run. I enjoyed being behind the scenes. Yesterday, a long-time friend of mine, Michael Yen, who ran municipally in the last Toronto election will soon be running Provincially for the Conservatives, reached out to me to see if I was interested in running in my ward, ward 21. Apparently there was an event the night before and there were a lot of powerful Tories in the house, and Mike suggested he may know someone keenly interested. If it were 3 years ago, I’d be all over this, but I love my job right now and wouldn’t make that change.

4.  I finished the latest Dan Brown book called The Lost Symbol and I have to tell you the book was great for the first 50 pages, awesome for the next 250 pages, incredible for the following 150 pages then the ending fell flat on it’s face as if Brown had a deadline and gave up. I’m very disappointed!

3.  I don’t like being fat, especially as I’m trying to heal up my sore foot – which is keeping me from exercising – but my day was filled with temptation; donuts, cake, coffee, chocolates… Damn you temptation. Obviously I gave in… often.

2.  Anyone want to know how to look like Harry Potter? Bend down in your kitchen to pick up the cats water bowl while your wife opens the cupboard above you and leaves the door open so when you stand up you destroy your forehead on the bottom corner of the door. That, my friends, is how you get to look like Harry Potter.

1.  Have I mentioned it’s still tax season and since December 1st it’s been 24/7. I’m beyond tired… I cannot see straight and I’m relying on tons of coffee to get through the day. With all that being said, I love doing what I’m doing but I needed a break so much, I ate a Kit Kat.

So that is why this day was capital “F” frustrating.

Here is hoping Friday is better!

Busy day indeed…


Today started, as usual, at 6:30am with one little boy running into the washroom to pee, the back into his room where he slams the door, then proceeds to jump up and down until he is able to turn on all three of his light switches.  That routine, of course, wakes up the little one – Stewie – who yells from his room that he has to “pee and poo”.  I go get him – his diaper soaked, his pants soaked and his bed soaked, but no poo.  He holds that for the toilet.  Almost 2 months now.  :)

Both boys play in Linus’ room until just past 8am, and they come down to the kitchen where I have made them oatmeal from scratch… Not difficult at all.  I  make Linus “Daddy’s oatmeal” which means more like the boxed stuff – with Maple and Brown Sugar. 

After breakfast, we get dressed and take that LONG trip north to Thornhill (20 minutes – seems like 4 hours) for a birthday party.  In that party it’s kiddy chaos, but we chat over the yelling, screaming, music and insessant chattering of kids of all ages.

From there we forgo the kids naps and drive over to my office to decorate for a celebration of our new and improved workflow aimed at improving the way we do things.  Kids go wild running up and down the aisles.  Turned on pretty much every computer in the place. 

Stewie falls asleep in the car on the way to Lotus Pond – veggie dim sum – while I take Stewie through the drive through Tim Horton’s for a large double double (for me, not for him) and 2 whole bagels. 

Stewie slept the whole way home, but Linus finally fell asleep on the highway a mere 10 minutes from home.  I parked the car in the driveway and sat there reading my book (Dan Brown’s Deception Point) while the kids snored. 

After they awoke and calmed down, I took them downstairs, and together we cleaned up in the garage, put away the suitcases from the trip in Feb, and planted our veggie seeds in peat pots on the dining room table.  The kids loved it, except Linus who swept all his miracle grow soil onto the carpet in a giant heap.  Oops.

We played a little more, ate that dim sum, then bath time for Stewie and shower for Linus.  More food, books, and now hopefully soon bed.

The boys bedtime is 7:30pm, it’s 8:37 and both boys are prouncing around the house with no intention of getting into their beds.  Knowing that 7:30 is when they are exhausted, I suspect they will both be out cold well before 9pm… Hopefully. 

9pm and all is quiet… Time to clean up from a busy weekend then hopefully go for a run!

How was your weekend?